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A beautiful piece on death, dying and grieving written by a friend of my poet friend Adam’s wife Lee, who passed away a few days ago, way too young, way too soon:

Saying Kaddish

I’m sorry I never got to meet Lee, and I’m heartbroken for Adam and their children. I cannot help but think of my mother, who passed away when I was 16, and of all the children who grow up missing their mother, for so many reasons. I’ve spent my whole life searching for my mother. The other day, for the first time I saw some old home movies of my parents and grandparents playing with my sister and I when we were very young. It was amazing to see my grandmother smiling, something I don’t remember her doing much, and most especially to see my mother, young, beautiful and alive…. I know I’ll be watching that DVD again many, many times.

Let’s see, where was I? Oh, yeah, in shock! I wrote a voluminous blog after the election, which is still sitting in my drafts folder waiting to be finished. And then, I just kinda… was in shock for a while, and stopped blogging. It was GREAT that Obama got elected, but I couldn’t believe it actually happened. To tell the truth, it’s still hard for me to believe it. He’s not perfect, and he’s not doing everything I want, but I’m still happy Obama got elected. President Barack Obama. No one can ever undo that.

From reading other people’s blogs, it looks like blog pauses are pretty common – people just stop for irregular periods of time, usually with no explanation. So maybe we’ll just call that my little Sabbatical, leaving the fields fallow for a while. That’s something we’re all supposed to do every once in a while anyway, planned or spontaneous!

But for a while now, I’ve been thinking alot about things I want to say in this forum again, so stay tuned! More posts coming soon, including something that I hope will stir up some conversation in the South Florida Arts Community (and maybe even beyond!)

Dear Friends,
Welcome to my blog!

If you are not a fan of the word blog (I’m not), welcome to my journal…
my online diary…
a place for me to share assorted thoughts and musings with you and the world!

I hope you will share some of your thoughts with me here as well….

There are lots of reasons I created this blog:

1. I have a lot to say!
2. I have been feeling for a while now that my Silver Nightingale newsletters are sometimes way too long – but this happens because there are so many things I want to share with you.
3. I don’t send out Silver Nightingale newsletters that frequently, and I want a more fluid medium for sharing my thoughts with you on a more regular basis.
4. Many of you have told me that you truly enjoy reading my writing, and ask me where you can read more of it! (Many of you have also told me I should write a book – I’m still meditating on that one!)
5. In addition to my own thoughts, there are so many wonderful, inspiring things I would like to share with you – quotes, ideas, cool things that people are doing all over the world….

So for these, and many other reasons, I have created this blog, and invite you to share it with me! A good way to do this is to subscribe to the feed, so you will receive a notice every time there is new content here.

Another good way is to bookmark this site and visit whenever you feel like it.

And please feel free to share your comments here as well!

I also invite you to visit my Silver Nightingale website on a regular basis. This is the best place to find out about all things Nightingale!

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Peace and Love,
Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale

Great Words from Great Wordsmiths

“I am the strings, and the Supreme is the musician.” - Carlos Santana

“What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.” - Collette

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” - Maya Angelou
October 2021